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Canada has ‘straightforward’ path to ratify USMCA, but timeline reliant on unpredictable Americans

Some trade experts think Canada will ratify the trilateral agreement before the 2019 election, while one warned against rushing through legislation, with the U.S. timeline up in the air.
With a combined $1.68-million budget, the three-Senator Government Representative Office is tasked with carrying the government’s flag in a sea of Upper Chamber Independents.
News|By Beatrice Paez
The formation of the Coalition to Keep Trade Free comes as Canada is facing an Oct. 1 deadline to sign onto the agreement struck between Mexico and the U.S.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Government relations pros turned out to Tavern on the Hill on Sept. 13 for heat, hot dogs, and hops.
Opinion|Tia Loftsgard
If we want to continue to see the positive benefits of organic production on our environment, health and economic well-being, the Government of Canada has a responsibility as the owner of this logo to show its support for the benefits the sector is delivering.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
If the foreigners will not bring Mohammed bin Salman down, his own family probably will. It is a family business.
Opinion|Phil Gurski
The Islamist threat has far outweighed that of the right-wing threat by a long shot; at least in terms of public perception and impact. We are living, after all, in a world defined, in many ways, by 9/11.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.
News|By Beatrice Paez
‘The opposition will be confined to quibbling around the edges’ to avoid looking like they’re siding with Donald Trump, says Prof. Robert Bothwell.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Trudeau is now a little less vulnerable to the opposition argument that he is a poor economic manager. But he won’t have time to rest on his laurels, as many businesses gear up for a fight against Bill C-69.
Insiders and observers weigh in on who impacts Canada’s decisions on diplomacy, trade, defence, development, and immigration.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
Of the more than 5,000 lobbyists on the federal registry, the names listed, for the most part, occupy an enviable position as having the ear of the government.
News|By Beatrice Paez
As much as those talks are consuming the Trudeau government’s bandwidth, it has also sent the signal to stakeholders that it’s hoping to reorient some of its resources to other files as it lays the groundwork for 2019.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Also, Maxime Bernier may have found a new campaign song, and the husband of Canada's newest ambassador to Poland was a Hill reporter.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Nancy Chahwan takes over as chief human resources officer, which one ex-PS manager said signals the government is 'bringing in some pretty big guns' to get Phoenix fixed.
Handguns are already so restricted, it might not have a real political impact, says ex-Tory staffer Jim Armour.
News|By Beatrice Paez
When the House returns this month, the Roma community will be campaigning to convince Ottawa to formally recognize the genocide of the Roma who were targeted by the Nazis.
Opinion|By Mike Villeneuve
Many people across Canada support allowing nurse practitioners and qualified registered nurses to dispense drug samples, according to a survey commissioned by the Canadian Nurses Association.
While some groups pull back in summer months, the Mining Association of Canada remained active in July, where industry, trade, and environment were the most-discussed issues.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Adding 'diversification' is more than a cosmetic change, as Minister Jim Carr's mandate is backed by 'substantive' policies, says Adam Taylor, principal at Export Action Global.
News|By Emily Haws
The PCO clerk will be asking those hovering around retirement age if they can commit to seeing through the post-election craziness, says former PBO Kevin Page.
Opinion|By Matt Jeneroux
Taxpayer money is being funnelled to certain private corporations while other businesses struggle. At the same time, we’re failing to properly promote some of our most potential-filled industries, like aerospace.  
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Conservative MP Peter Van Loan will leave the House next month after more than a decade of public service.
News|By Emily Haws
The number of deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers has jumped more than 15 per cent in the last decade, going from 72 in 2008 to 84 this year.
The post-cabinet shuffle weeks are a ‘particularly emotionally exhausting time for staff, both personally and also professionally,’ says former Tory staffer Chris McCluskey.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
News|By Emily Haws
Ex-NDP MP Peter Ittinuar and policy adviser Peter Williamson are also running for a three-year term at the Inuit group's helm.
Of 51 government bills passed to date, 32 don’t have any reference to how individual Senators voted at any stage in the Senate Chamber.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The top bureaucrats with the task of supporting the new cabinet have been named, and experts say not having to create new departments will make for a smoother transition.
News|By Shruti Shekar
‘He can get into a room with senior politicians and business leaders and convey confidence,’ says Eric Miller, a former senior policy adviser to the embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
The percentage of Senators appointed by Justin Trudeau who vote in line with Government Rep. Peter Harder has dipped to 84.2, but Tories say it’s still high enough to question their independence.
June lobbying stats also showed a dip in activity in the Red Chamber that observers said is likely an anomaly with the Senate more relevant than ever.

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